MotoGP Event in Italy, Catalunya Joins the Pending Race List | Instant News

(Reuters) – The MotoGP season will not start until mid-June after the Italian and Catalan races were postponed on Tuesday because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The decision brought the number of postponed races to seven, while the March 8 first round in Qatar was canceled.

Italy and Spain, where the majority of the drivers and teams are from, are the two most affected European countries, with more than 16,000 deaths in Italy and 13,000 in Spain.

“FIM, IRTA and Dorna Sports are sorry to announce the postponement of Gran Premio d’Italia Oakley (May 31) and the Monster Gran Premium Energy de Catalunya (June 7),” MotoGP said in a statement.

“The ongoing coronavirus outbreak requires both events to be rescheduled.

“Because the situation remains in constant evolution, new dates for these doctors as well as French and Spanish doctors who were recently postponed, cannot be confirmed until it becomes clearer exactly when it is possible to hold such events.”

MotoGP added that the revised calendar will be published “as soon as it’s available.”

The German Grand Prix on June 21 is the next scheduled race on the calendar.

(Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Hugh Lawson)

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